Kingston Estates Swim Club 2

The geese were alone in enjoying the Kingston Estates Swim Club on a sunny February afternoon.

An era that began in 1956 has come to an end in Cherry Hill's Kingston neighborhood: the Kingston Estates Swim Club has shut down permanently and the town will purchase the property for open space.

"We have heard a great deal of concern from residents worried about the impact of any development on that site and we promised from day one to do everything in our power to protect the neighborhood and residents’ quality of life," Mayor Susan Shin Angulo said in a press release.

The purchase price was not disclosed. Township Council will vote on the purchase resolution at Monday's meeting.

The site is nearly four acres and in the middle of the Kingston neighborhood. Baseball and hockey rinks are next door and it abuts several homes. The township said it is prime land for a walking trail or a neighborhood park.

"Our goal is to protect and enhance the charm and character of the Kingston neighborhood," said Mayor Angulo.